New Kent County, Virginia  Economic Development Authority

Military Workforce

The Military’s presence in Virginia is a major
economic activity. Its impact on the two MSA’s
with a total of 21 installations is extremely significant.
Military retirees or those leaving the service are an
excellent source of trained, disciplined, skilled labor.

  • Approximately 124,000 active duty personnel and civilian employees. This number does not include, Afloat, Reserve or National Guard personnel.
  • In FY 2014, Department of Defense (DoD) expenditures in Virginia exceeded $54 billion annually. Virginia is the lead state in per capita defense spending, and a close second in total DoD investment.
  • Approximately 25,000 Reserve and National Guard personnel.
  • On average, 18,000 military personnel are discharged annually in the area.